During Amazon’s Prime Day sale much more on this already affordably priced laptop computer—it’s now a low $280, a whopping $90 off its listing value.

The Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576-392H) is a discount laptop computer that delivers strong productiveness efficiency. Given its low value, mainstream customers could also be prepared to miss the laptop computer’s further weight, so-so show and lack of keyboard backlighting. But in case you have any high-demand functions (or a little bit of a gaming bug), it could be higher to contemplate one in every of its pricier cousins. 

Note: This assessment is a part of our best laptops roundup. Go there for extra details about competing merchandise and the way we examined them.  

Price and specs

This $379 Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576-392H) comes with an Eighth-generation, dual-core Core i3-8130U processor (which sits on the low finish of Intel’s line of Core CPUs for laptops), 6GB of DDR3 RAM (up a few gigabytes from final 12 months’s finances mannequin), and a 1TB exhausting drive. For visuals you get a 15.6-inch HD (1920×1080) show, built-in Intel UHD 620 graphics (so don’t anticipate a lot in the best way of gaming), and a function that you just’ll have a tough time discovering on a laptop computer anymore: an honest-to-goodness 8X DVD-RW optical drive.

We’ll dive into benchmark numbers in a minute, however based mostly on the uncooked specs, the Eighth-gen Core-i3-powered Acer Aspire E15 stacks up properly as an on a regular basis workhorse, good for net shopping, productiveness functions, informal photograph enhancing and even spinning your previous DVDs. That’s a reasonably spectacular bundle for a sub-$400 laptop computer, and it’s straightforward to see why this mannequin often sits on the high of Amazon’s laptop computer best-seller listing.

If you’re on the lookout for a peppier Aspire E15 that may deal with extra CPU-intensive duties and even some gaming, you’ll be able to spring for a $599 model (The E5-576G-5762, which we’ve reviewed), which boasts a quad-core Core i5-8250U processor, a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card, a 256GB solid-state drive, 8GB of RAM, and a greater IPS-technology display. There’s additionally a $799 Aspire E15 that ups the ante with a Core i5-8550U CPU.

Design

Measuring 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches and weighing about 5 kilos, 1 ounce (or 5 kilos, 10 ounces if you happen to embrace the 65-watt energy brick), the Core i3-8130U model of the Acer Aspire E15 seems to be and feels virtually an identical to final 12 months’s finances mannequin—which is to say, glossy {and professional} however unquestionably on the heavy facet. While the Aspire E15 isn’t any ultraportable, good luck discovering a slim-and-light clamshell with comparable specs for something lower than double the worth.

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The Acer Aspire E15’s etched lid seems to be each understated {and professional}.

The E15’s etched lid seems to be understated and fairly trendy, whereas the brushed aluminum end of the palm relaxation seems to be fairly sharp. The plastic really feel of the E15’s shell could give it away as a finances mannequin, however the laptop computer as a complete nonetheless feels reassuringly sturdy, full with a stiff show that hardly wobbled as I typed. My solely actual criticism (a repeat from final 12 months) is that the slide-out DVD tray feels worryingly flimsy.

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